Understanding the historical context and contemporary trends in advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) education and regulation is pivotal for effective professional advocacy. Until the release of the APRN Consensus Model in 2008, a uniform model for APRN regulation was lacking. Adopting the model’s recommendations has implications for APRNs beyond licensure and regulation, including full practice authority, license portability, and patient access to APRN-led care. A comprehensive understanding of APRN education and regulation empowers nurses, APRNs, and stakeholders to drive the profession forward through informed advocacy.

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